Glamorgan County Cricket Club Makes Final Bid For T20 Franchise
Glamorgan County Cricket Club put in its final bid to attract a T20 franchise and int'l cricket to Wales from '20, according to Nick Webb of the BBC. Glamorgan CEO Hugh Morris made his final presentation to the England & Wales Cricket Board and a decision is "expected in mid-February." Morris said, "We've a stadium and a city used to hosting big sporting events. We feel we're well placed to host them from 2020 to 2024." The SSE Swalec Stadium in Cardiff, as one of the eight largest grounds in England and Wales, is "widely expected to be one of the host venues for the competition." Although Glamorgan has only once attracted a crowd of 10,000 for the existing T20 tournament, Morris believes that Wales "could hold its own in terms of attendances, despite a bid from Gloucestershire for at least a share of a franchise in Bristol" (BBC, 1/18).